Combat

Insect Guide

Your Go-To Guide for Other Household Pests

Moths

Clothes Moth Lateral

Clothes Moth Dorsal

Adult Indian Meal Moth

Combat Insect Guide Moth Map

Most Common Types

 

The most common types of moths in homes are the Indian meal moth (Plodia interpunctella), the meal moth (Pyralis farinalis) and the webbing clothes moth, (Tineola bisselliella).

 

What They Look Like

 

Moths come in all shapes and sizes, from a few millimeters to 13 centimeters long. Almost all moths have large compound eyes on their head and most species have a long tubular mouth part and a strongly muscled midsection that has two pairs of scale-covered wings attached to it. 

Where They Live

 

Moths can thrive in a number of habitats, including salt marshes, mangroves, sand dunes, lowland forest, wetlands, grasslands and mountain zones.

 

Where They Nest

 

Moths often live in the bark of trees and on the bottoms of leaves and plants. They don’t nest inside houses, but will come inside if windows or doors are left open.

 

Steps to Prevent

 

To prevent moths from living in your home, make sure your cupboards and cabinets are vacuumed and washed frequently. Double check all your food items and store them in airtight hard containers. Only leave windows or doors open if they have a screen on them.

 

Are They Harmful?

 

Yes, moths can attack stored dry foods or animal products such as wool.